The Supreme Court on Friday held the owner of the illegal ‘rat hole’ coal mine in Meghalaya responsible for the mishap that happened on December 13. Operations to look for the ill-fated miners who have since been trapped in the mine are still ongoing owing to the earlier intervention of the apex court.
Judges AK Sikri and Abdul Nazeer also asked Meghalaya government and Coal India Ltd to give particulars of other illegal mines in the area. The court will hear the matter next on February 22.
Fifteen miners got stuck inside the mine at Ksan under Saipung police station of East Jaintia Hills on December 13 when the mine was suddenly flooded by water gushing in from the Lytein river nearby. Read More
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